25 Jan

Embracing the Relational Tension that Proceeds Growth | Carrie Louer

She tells the story differently than I. Still, the encounter, even with nuanced details, served to put us both on a trajectory of radical life change. Her skin was black, her heart red-hot for Jesus. I knocked on her dorm door back in the 90’s looking for her roommate. (I worked on staff with Cru at Ohio State at the time.) Susan, the roommate, was...

20 Jan

Returning and Rest | Kelsey Dunn

Okay confession, last year was the first time I had ever heard the phrase new year, new you…and I definitely embraced it with lofty plans for 2016.   Day one, great. Day two, a moldy apartment that took two months to straighten out [Link in here to mold blog].   This year I decided I would redeem the horrible start to the last year.  ...

07 Dec

Stewarding Privilege Like Jesus | Cody Dunn

I had hardly considered the idea of privilege before moving to New York a little over three years ago. Though I was the eldest son of an upper middle class white family that had the means to send me to a private high school and pay for my bachelor’s degree from a well-respected university, I still imagined that only really rich kids who went to...

07 Dec

One Month Later: Will We Respond and Seek to Restore the Division | Kelsey Dunn?

This article is about Jesus and our hearts in light of the election (not politics itself). Also, I’ll specifically be addressing my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ aka the Church. If that’s not you, I hope this article will still be helpful for you and give you hope after a long couple of weeks.   In the midst of some extreme division, can we...

06 Dec

We Were All Made for More | Elizabeth Hobafcovich

If you live in New York, you are well acquainted with the issue of homelessness. Such a complex social issue- colored with addiction, domestic violence, and mental illness. I cannot seem to shake the conviction that this is a more than merely a “social issue”. The homeless population is a community of PEOPLE. Sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, aunts, cousins, friends, coworkers… I wonder if we...

05 Nov

What I am Learning as I Learn About Diversity | Adreinne Minor

God has been teaching me a lot about diversity over the past year. I am convinced that God’s heart is for diversity. Not only did He create each person uniquely, but as image-bearers of Him, we reflect different aspects of His character. When we come together, we reveal a more complete picture of who He is.   But the more I am learning about diversity,...

19 Oct

Prophetic Lament | Suzy Silk

In the millennials network of Cru, we talk often about three words: thriving, unleashing, and flourishing. These words summarize what we want as Millenials in NYC -- we want to thrive and grow in our relationships with Jesus, ourselves, and others; we want to be unleashed, through the Spirit, into all God has called us to be; and we want to seek the flourishing of...

21 Sep

Do we care? | Scotty Moore

Guest Post by Scotty Moore, Millennials staff of Cru Orlando   “I don’t have to “wait for the facts” in order to lament, mourn, & weep over the murder of #TerranceCrutcher & neither should you.” – D.A. Horton Would I feel differently if this were my Brazilian wife because her skin is brown?  Yes.  Would you feel differently if this were your loved one?  Very likely, yes.  Terence was someone’s loved one....

22 Jul

Agents of Hope | Suzy Silk

Note: This post was first written a few years ago. In the context of recent events, it is just as applicable today. Our lives and our city are often full of sorrow, disappointment, injustice, pain, and fear. I can think of so many examples of women (and men) I know who are wrestling with hope. A woman unable to get pregnant, despite her and her...

24 Jun

Hate to Wait | Jessica Gravelle

Do you hate to wait? I know I do. It’s hard to wait and very easy to lose patience in the process. I tend to get impatient when waiting for trivial things like my order at Starbucks or a delayed subway train. But I also struggle with waiting for more significant things like the job promotion I feel I deserve or for depth and intimacy to form within a new group of friends. And...

10 Jun

The Productivity of Prayer | Sarah Jane Shanks

“Well…all we can do is pray.” I’ll confess that I’ve said this a lot. And I heard it just last week. It’s usually accompanied by a smirk or a sigh or a shoulder shrug. The commonality of this phrase reveals my attitude toward prayer. It suggests that God is my back-up plan. Let’s exhaust all our strength and resources, then see if God is able...

24 May

Rain, Rats, & Rescue | Meg Robbins

Living in the city has a way of bringing out the best and worst in me. One minute, I am joyful, super-navigator mom successfully schlepping 2 kids, a stroller, my Mary Poppins bag of snacks, drinks and entertainment, plus an out-of-town guest from our apartment all the way down to FiDi and onto the Staten Island Ferry for a glimpse of Lady Liberty. But when...

17 May

Have You Ever Felt Not Enough? | Carrie Louer

   Have you ever felt. . .”not enough”?*  I have!  Since I’ve come to New York, and as I have compared myself to the competent and beautiful people I have met here (YOU), I have often been flooded with the “not enough” emotions.  I’m not smart enough. Young enough.  Skinny enough. Hip enough.  Funny enough.  Accomplished enough. Ending up on the short end of the comparison...

11 May

Taste and See | Destinee McGinnis

I recently watched a new series on Netflix called, Cooked, by the food writer Michael Pollen. In the series he celebrates the primitive nature of cooking.  Through exhilarating cinematography and incredible storytelling we are deeply moved by the intrinsic nature of eating and its relation to the preparation of food. As I watched, salivating from the sights of slow-smoked swine and homemade bread, I fell deeply...

04 May

Where Else Would I Go? | Lauren Mize

A few months ago I was really wrestling with the topic of suffering. It wasn’t so much a theological or scholarly question, but a deep, guttural “Where are you, God?” This is something I wrote at the time but was too afraid to share, fearing that people would think I had weak faith, especially for someone on staff at a church. But that is fear...

26 Apr

Grace on Grace | Kelsey Dunn

The story of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt has popped up everywhere in my life the last several months. From sermons to books to Suzy’s blog post last week, I can’t seem to escape it. Because this week is Passover, I figured I’d embrace this recurrent “theme” in my life and write about what God’s been showing me.    As I’ve seen the parallels between...